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Police: Suspects vandalized pumpkin patch, rolled pumpkins onto Rte. 9J

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East Greenbush police are looking for more pumpkin smashers. There have been three arrests so far in this case in which pumpkins were stolen from a vegetable stand and then rolled into a busy road at night. Megan Cruz has more.

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- “I guess you can't put an age limit on misconduct or stupidity.”

If you've driven down Route 9J in East Greenbush the past couple days, you may have noticed bits and pieces of pumpkin splattered all over the road. Police say you have at least three pumpkin bandits to blame: Nicholas Sousa, 24, Christina Adams, 22, and Daniel Weidman, 24.

Chris Webb of Gold Krest Farm said, "They ought to be ashamed of themselves for doing something like that. They need to grow up."

The three stole pumpkins from Webb's farm last Thursday night. They then rolled dozens of them into the road.

East Greenbush Police Chief Christopher Lavin said, “This sort of misbehavior is foolhardy, it's dangerous, it's intended to cause panic by a motorist who suddenly encounters objects in the road.”

“People drive down this road 60 to 70 miles per hour, you slide off the road on that, you're going to get hurt,” Webb said.

Thankfully, police say no one was seriously hurt, but at least one car was badly damaged.

Sousa, Adams and Weidman face several charges, including trespassing, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and DWI.

Webb said, "They were all drunk, had beer cans everywhere."

Chief Lavin says more people are involved.

Lavin said, "We're knocking on doors and sooner or later, we'll knock on the right door. Of course, if any of those individuals want to turn themselves in, I'm sure the DA would take that into consideration."

While the vandalism cost Webb close to a thousand dollars, he says it's his customers who really lose out.

“When people start smashing stuff like that, it ruins it for everybody. Now they can't put as many pumpkins out, I gotta move them back, it just ruins it for everybody,” Webb said.

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